Department of Social & Policy Sciences

Lifelong health and wellbeing

Wellbeing has caught the attention of policy makers and practitioners as well as social scientists because it offers new perspectives on what matters to individuals, and new ways to assess policy outcomes and their impact on people’s lives. This links to a positive health agenda, which looks beyond the treatment of illness to consider connections across different areas and times of life. Our research in this theme addresses these dynamics in three innovative ways:

  • linking wellbeing with poverty, religion, and human development in international development;
  • addressing issues of death and society, and wellbeing and dying well;
  • developing clinical and practice guidelines on boundaries between health and social care in the UK with the National Institute for Care and Health Excellent (NICE) and the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE).



Recent publications


Bauld, L., Templeton, L., Silver, K., McKell, J., Novak, C. and Hay, G., 2013. Pathways back to work for problem alcohol users. Policy Studies, 34 (3), pp. 360-376.

Brown, L. , 2013. Forthcoming. A lasting legacy. The diffusion and scaling up of innovation in practice. British Journal of Social Work

Brown, L. , 2013. Forthcoming. Living with uncertainty? The challenge to innovate in an 'evidence-based' context. Policy and Politics

Brown, L. and Walter, T., 2013. Forthcoming. Towards a social model of end of life care. British Journal of Social Work

Dixon, J., 2013. Forthcoming. Effective strategies for communication? Student views of a communication skills course eleven years on. British Journal of Social Work.

Pilling, S., Gould, N., Whittington, C., Taylor, C. and Scott, S., 2013. Recognition, intervention, and management of antisocial behaviour and conduct disorders in children and young people: summary of NICE-SCIE guidance. BMJ , 346 (7902), f1298.

Kendall, T., Megnin-Viggars, O., Gould, N., Taylor, C., Burt, L. R. and Baird, G., 2013. Management of autism in children and young people: summary of NICE and SCIE guidance. BMJ, 347 (7923), f4865.

Valentine, C. , 2013. Forthcoming. Identity and postmortem relationships in the narratives of British and Japanese mourners : Identity and Postmortem Relationships. Sociological Review

White, S. C. , Gaines, S. O. and Jha, S., 2013. Forthcoming.Inner wellbeing: Concept and validation of a new approach to subjective perceptions of wellbeing—India. Social Indicators Research

Dixon, J. , 2012. Mentally disordered offenders' views of 'their' risk assessment and management plans: perceptions of health risks. Health Risk & Society , 14 (7-8), pp. 667-680.

Jawad, R. , 2012. Serving the public or delivering public services? Religion and social welfare in the new British social policy landscape. Journal of Poverty and Social Justice , 20 (1), pp. 55-68.

Robson, P. and Walter, T., 2012. Hierarchies of loss: a critique of disenfranchised grief. Omega: Journal of Death & Dying, 66 (2), pp. 97-119.

Ozieranski, P. , McKee, M. and King, L., 2012. The politics of health technology assessment in Poland. Health Policy, 108 (2-3), pp. 178-193.

Perwez, S. , Jeffery, R. and Jeffery, P., 2012.Declining child sex ratio and sex-selection in India: a demographic epiphany? Economic and Political Weekly, XLVII (33), pp. 73-77.

Walter, T. , 2012. How people who are dying or mourning engage with the arts. Music and Arts in Action, 4 (1), pp. 73-98.

Walter, T. , 2012. Why different countries manage death differently: A comparative analysis of modern urban societies. British Journal of Sociology, 63 (1), pp. 123-145.

White, S. C. , Gaines, S. O. and Jha, S., 2012. Beyond subjective well-being: a critical review of the Stiglitz Report approach to subjective perspectives on quality of life. Journal of International Development , 24 (6), pp. 763-776.

White, S.C. , Devine, J. and Jha, S., 2012. The life a person lives: Religion, well-being and development in India : La vie que mène une personne: Religion, bien-ětre et développement en Inde. Development in Practice , 22 (5-6), pp. 651-662.

Copestake, J. , 2011. Well-being in development: Comparing global designs with local views in Peru. European Journal of Development Research, 23 (1), pp. 94-110. 

Deneulin, S. and Rakodi, C., 2011. Revisiting religion: development studies thirty years on. World Development, 39 (1), pp. 45-54.

Devine, J. and Deneulin, S., 2011. Negotiating religion in everyday life: A critical exploration of the relationship between religion, choices and behaviour. Culture and Religion , 12 (1), pp. 59-76.

Gould, N. , 2011. Guidelines across the health and social care divides: the example of the NICE-SCIE dementia guideline. International Review of Psychiatry, 23 (4), pp. 365-370.

Templeton, L. , Novak, C. and Wall, S., 2011.Young people's views on services to help them deal with parental substance misuse. Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, 18 (3), pp. 172-178.

Velleman, R. , Orford, J., Templeton, L., Copello, A., Patel, A., Moore, L., Macleod, J. and Godfrey, C., 2011. 12-Month follow-up after brief interventions in primary care for family members affected by the substance misuse problem of a close relative. Addiction Research & Theory , 19 (4), pp. 362-374.

Walter, T. , Hourizi, R., Moncur, W. and Pitsillides, S., 2011.Does the internet change how we die and mourn? Overview and analysis. Omega: Journal of Death & Dying, 64 (4), pp. 275-302.

Walter, T. , 2011. Angels not souls: Popular religion in the online mourning for British celebrity Jade Goody. Religion, 41 (1), pp. 29-51. 

Walter, T., Abel, J., Bowra, J., and Howarth, G., 2011. Compassionate community networks: supporting home dying. BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care, 1 (2), pp. 129-133.

Walter, T.  2014. Organizations and Death: a view from death studies, Culture & Organization, 20(1): 68-76.

Woodthorpe, K. , 2011. Using bereavement theory to understand memorialising behaviour. Bereavement Care, 30 (2), pp. 29-32.


Egorova, Y. and Perwez, S., 2013. The Jews of Andhra Pradesh: contesting caste and religion in South India. New York: Oxford University Press.

Gould, N. , 2010. Mental Health Social Work In Context. London: Routledge.

Hockey, J., Komaromy, C. and Woodthorpe, K., eds., 2010. The Matter of Death: Space, place and materiality. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Book sections

Deneulin, S. , 2013. Christianity and international development. In: Clarke, M., ed. Handbook of Research on Development and Religion. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp. 51-65.

Johnson, S. , 2013. Debt, over-indebtedness and wellbeing: an exploration. In: Guerin, I., Morvant-Roux, S. and Villareal, M., eds. Over-Indebtedness and Financial Inclusion. Routledge.

Perwez, S. , 2013. Forthcoming. Understanding Policies on Sex Selection in Tamil Nadu : Ethnographic and Sociological Reflections. In: Kaur, R., ed. Mapping the Adverse Consequences of Sex Selection and Gender Imbalance. New Delhi, India: Orient Blackswan.

Troyer, J. E. , 2013. Defining personhood to death. In: Hagger, L. and Woods, S., eds. A good death? Law and ethics in practice. Ashgate.

White, S. , 2013. Making international development personal. In: Butcher, M. and Papaioannou, T., eds. New Perspectives in International Development. The Open University/Bloomsbury Academic, pp. 191-214. (International Development)

Baldwin, M. , 2011. Resisting the EasyCare model: building a more radical, community-based, anti-authoritarian social work for the future. In : Lavalette, M., ed. Radical Social Work Today: Social Work at the Crossroads. Bristol: Policy Press, pp. 187-204.

Gould, N. and Martin, D., 2012. Mental health law and social work. In: Davies, M. B., ed. Social Work with Adults. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Jawad, R. , 2012. Religion. In: Alcock, P., May, M. and Wright, S., eds. The Student’s Companion to Social Policy Companion, 4th ed. Chichester: Wiley, pp. 160-165.

Jawad, R. , 2012.A secular response to social solidarity? Social capital, religion and the implications for social policy. In: O'Sullivan, M. and Flanagan, B., eds. Spiritual capital: spirituality in practice in Christian perspective. Farnham: Ashgate.

Maroukis, T. and Nikolova, M., 2012.Irregular migrants in the European South through the Greek case: numbers and pressure on healthcare. In: Ingleby, D., Chiarenza, A., Devillé, W. and Kotsioni, I., eds. Inequalities in Healthcare for Migrants and Ethnic Minorities. Antwerp: Garant, pp. 276-283. (COST Series on Health and Diversity; 2)

Perwez, S. , 2011.Female infanticide and the civilizing mission in postcolonial India: a case study from Tamil Nadu c.1980-2006. In: Watt, C. A. and Mann, M., eds. Civilizing missions in colonial and postcolonial South Asia: from improvement to development. London, U.K: Anthem Press, pp. 243-269.

Walter, T., 2011. Eighteen Ways to View a Dead Body, in E.Venbrux, T.Quartier, C.Venhorst, B.Mathijssen, eds, Changing European Death Ways, Zurich: Lit, pp.71-84.


Woodthorpe, K. , 2012. Affording a Funeral: Social Fund Funeral Payments. Axa Sun Life Direct.

Duvendack, M., Palmer-Jones, R., Copestake, J. G., Hooper, L., Loke, Y. and Rao, N., 2011. What is the evidence of the impact of microfinance on the well-being of poor people? Other. London: EPPI-Centre, Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London.

Huxley, P., Evans, S., Baker, C., White, J., Philpin, S., Onyett, S. and Gould, N., 2011. Integration of social care staff within community mental health teams. Final report. NIHR Service Delivery and Organisation programme. Other. London: HMSO.